Monday, April 11, 2011

Shabby- Chic White Armoire Makeover - Part 2 ( The Reveal)

As promised, here is the final reveal of my armoire makeover.  As some of you  will remember, my husband found this vintage wardrobe/armoire left out at the end of a neighbours driveway in February.  We brought it home and I have been giving it a complete makeover.  It actually ended up being a lot more work then I had anticipated, but the final result was well worth it.  I just love how it turned out.  Here's a recap on how the armoire looked when we found it:


It had a funny old-wood smell to it- not moldy or musty- but just old, and I'm happy to announce that I finally got rid of the smell. I tried everything- baking soda, coffee grounds, vinegar wash, mild bleach wash.  None of these solutions worked.  Finally I coated the entire interior with Bin primer ( this is a shellac based primer that seals in odours and stains).  This got rid of the old-wood smell, but left a strong shellac odour which I really didn't want in my bedroom.  I have left it airing for several weeks, and finally added two lavendar sachets-one in the bottom drawer and one hanging in the main compartment.  Finally, it is suitable for putting into my room.  I decided to use it as an accessory armoire, and put some really pretty details on the inside.  So now , down to business, and here are the final  steps I did to get it looking great.  You can see Part 1 here.


This is the end result, and I will post all the steps on how I got this look, immediately following, for those of you who are interested.

Here's the front view before I added the glazing.

This is a view of the top side panel, before I added the final glaze.

I used Behr  Faux Glazing Medium and Behr Ultra latex paint in a flat sheen, both from Home Depot.  The color is called Bear Rug, and the code is S-G-790, for anyone that's interested.  I bought a sample size, since you really need very little paint  for the glaze.  The ratio is about 3-4 parts glazing medium to 1 part paint.

First you brush on a layer of the glaze.

Then you wipe off most of it with a damp, soft cloth.  The glaze stays in the cracks and crevices of the beadboard, as well as the areas the I distressed with a hammer.  It also gives the piece an old worn look, which is the look I was going for.

Here's another close-up of the glaze before it's all wiped off.

I used a small foam brush to get the glaze right into the crevices.

I used a piece of the scrap dowel inside my damp cloth to get some more of the glaze out of the cracks, as I didn't want it to be too dark.

Keep wiping off the excess until you get the look you want.

Here's a close-up of the bead- board side panel.  The trim around the panels is just wooden dowels that I cut with a saw and mitre box. The dowels mimic the bead in the bead-board, and are very inexpensive and easy to cut.  I just glued the cut dowels around the edges with Weldbond glue and let it dry over- night with painters masking tape to hold it in place.

Here are some more side views after I had wiped off most of the glaze.

Here's a close-up of the door with some good views of the distressing that I did with a palm sander and some glaze wiped over it.  I bought the crystal knobs at Home Depot as well.  I had originally intended to use some vintage crystal door knobs from my husbands old family home, but I couldn't find an  economical way to convert them into pull knobs.  These ones cost about $4.00 each and I like the added sparkle of a little "bling" on my new armoire.

Here's the bottom drawer, with close-ups of the wooden applique's that I added and the crystal pull knobs.

Here's a last look at the before and after:



Well, I hope you've enjoyed the process so far ( I say so far, because I have even more to reveal with the inside of the armoire).  I did something extra- special on the inside, but you'll have to come back to see that in my next posting.  Otherwise, the posting would have been w-a-a-a-y too long. 

Until next time.  Au Revoir.


  1. I very much like what you've done. Can't wait to see the inside. How perfect for using for accessories. It's going to look fantastic.


  2. Dropped by from Tip Me Tuesday. I just painted an antique nightstand of my own and loved seeing your technique for my next project! Great blog! I'm your newest follower. :0)

    Charlene (Inspired) Gal

  3. That looks wonderful...great job!

  4. It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Fades Charm. So I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

    Take care

  5. Wow, so amazing what paint can do for anything! You did a great job, and I know you did special painting techniques,as well. What a lovely transformation! I bet it smells much better from the lavendar for sure!
    blessings, Nellie

  6. A beautiful transformation ... well worth all the work you put into it!!
    I'm going to have to try that glazetechnique sometime ...

    Thank you for sharing at Voila!

  7. Your armoire looks so amazing. You really followed through with many steps to get this lovely piece to look so nice. scrumptious!

  8. What an amazing transformation! It turned out lovely. Can't wait to see the inside!

  9. the bead board and your glazing technique made it sooooo special. It's wonderful. :)

  10. I absolutely adore this project! I am hosting a Springtime Craft and Project linky party today and I would love it if you would particpate.

    There is a giveaway involved. :)

  11. You added so much charm and warmth to this cabinet! I adore beadboard! Nice makeover!
    I like your style and I'm your newest follower!
    Have a nice weekend!

  12. What a great job you did! I love it. Welcome to blogging. I host a newbie linky party every Monday and would love to have you over. Great way to meet new bloggers as yourself.

  13. This looks absolutely charming~ I love the new look and the lovely glaze! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  14. This is so great!
    I cannot believe that is the same piece. What a wonderful tutorial.

    You worked magic and new life into this piece.

    Can't wait to see the inside!

  15. I love the new door knots you added to it. They make it look so classy.



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